The State Highway Patrol announced Monday that charges have been filed against a 23-year-old bus driver following an accident Sunday morning on Interstate 95 in Johnston County that killed one person.
Eric Jimmerson of New York, N.Y., was charged with one count each of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and careless and reckless driving, said Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Jeff Gordon.
Troopers say Jimmerson was driving a tour bus owned the Apex Coach Company southbound on I-95 at about 4:20 a.m. when the bus ran off the right side of the road and struck a guard rail. The bus then crossed two southbound lanes and into the median before rolling into the path of northbound traffic on the interstate.
Jimmerson was ejected, Gordon said. Five of the bus’s 48 passengers were taken to Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn, according to ABC11.
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Meanwhile, Wilfredo Ortiz, 68, of Palm Bay, Fla., was driving a Mustang northbound on I-95 when he swerved off the road to the right to avoid the bus and struck a tree. Ortiz’s wife, Enid Ortiz, 54, who was sitting in the right front seat, was killed.
The couple’s grandchildren, ages 12 and 13, were also in the Mustang. Emergency workers transported the children and their grandfather to WakeMed Raleigh, where they were treated for injuries not considered life-threatening, Gordon said.
Emergency workers transported Jimmerson to WakeMed with critical injuries. He remained a patient at the hospital Monday, Gordon said.